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John Cleese has informed fans via Twitter that he had a “minor operation” on Friday.

The Monty Python’s Flying Circus legend, who turned 80 in October, revealed that he had a “small cancerous bit” cut out of his leg.

“At my age this thing happens about once a week,” he added drolly, before saying that the surgeon told him “tis but a scratch” after sewing up his leg.

Cleese definitely appears to be in good spirits following the operation. After sharing news of surgery, he posted a picture of himself wielding a cricket bat with a playful message to internet trolls: “This old man still has his swing and is ready to give you a damn good thrashing.”

According to The Independent, the veteran actor, comedian, and writer previously had a prostate cancer scare in 1996 which made him vow to “live on the basis that I might at any given moment fall under a bus.”

Fans of the Fawlty Towers writer-creator-star can look forward to seeing him later this year in the Clifford the Big Red Dog movie, in which he co-stars opposite Jack Whitehall and Kenan Thompson.

We hope your leg heals fully in no time at all, John.

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By Nick Levine